Viva la Fiesta at UHV

Good times and good information will be the order of the day at the University of Houston-Victoria’s fourth annual Fiesta Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 1. The event will be offered in cooperation with The Victoria College.

Students from the Memorial High School Ballet Folklorico perform the Jarabe de Colima dance at Fiesta Day last year. This year’s event is scheduled May 1.
The daylong event will feature dancing, singing, food and valuable information about getting a quality education, said Daniel Ochoa, director of UHV’s Letting Education Achieve Dreams outreach program, which is organizing the event.

“Fiesta Day is an opportunity to bring students and their parents to the UHV campus in a fun and relaxed environment,” Ochoa said. “Our goal is to provide information to students while at the same time celebrating their cultural heritage and fostering a sense of pride and self-esteem within them.”

Special guest Jesus “Chuy” Negrete will entertain students at 10 a.m. with tales from Mexican-American history told through poetry, song, oral history and a little help from his guitar. Negrete is the founder and director of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Chicago. His visit is sponsored by the Bloomington Independent School District.

The event also will include performances by Folklorico Tradicional and the Patti Welder Ballet Folklorico dance organizations in the afternoon.

Students also can get information about how to attend UHV and The Victoria College, and information about student organizations at both institutions.

Lunch will be available from student organization vendors serving treats like arroz con pollo, carne guisada tacos and beans, and soft drinks.

The event also will include vendors selling ceramic art, Mother's Day corsages, homemade crafts and mosaic tile art.

For more information, call the LEAD office at 361-570-4893.

Schedule of Events
9 a.m. Information sessions about VC and UHV VC Allied Health Building
10 a.m. Performance by Jesus “Chuy” Negrete VC Johnson Symposium
11 a.m. Presentations by student organizations VC Johnson Symposium
Noon Lunch UHV Multipurpose Room
12:15 p.m. Performance by Folklorico Tradicional UHV Multipurpose Room
1 p.m. Performance by Patti Welder Ballet Folklorico UHV Multipurpose Room
2 p.m. Closing remarks by Danny Ochoa UHV Multipurpose Room

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Thomas Doyle 361-570-4342